Paratrooper who shot British tourist is approved for parole

October 12, 2010 15:29

A former paratrooper convicted of killing a British tourist and wounding the man's girlfriend was approved for parole after serving two-thirds of his 20-year sentence.

Daniel Okev had picked up hitchhikers Jeffrey Hunter and Charlotte Gibb in August 1997 near Eilat. After pulling up at a roadside rest stop, he pulled out a pistol and fired at the pair.A parole committee on Monday approved Okev's early release. The attorney-general's office has a week to decide whether to concur or challenge the decision.

At his trial, Okev had said that he had been traumatized by his service in an army hit squad. The judges ruled that he suffered from "diminished mental capacity" and thus bore diminished responsibility for his crime.

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